Congress demands CBI probe into cross desecration
Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the series of desecration of more than 100 Catholic crosses, graves and some Hindu religious icons over the last few months in Goa.
Addressing a press conference in Panaji on Friday, Congress state president Shantaram Naik said that only a thorough probe by the CBI would help get to the bottom of the several month-long series of desecration of crosses, in which the state police have arrested two persons, both of whom are alleged to be “mentally unstable”.
“We are going to write a letter to the central Home Ministry and at the same time request the Chief Minister of Goa to request the Centre to institute a CBI enquiry into the desecrations,” Naik said.
The Goa Police in July had arrested a 50-year-old taxi driver Francis Pereira in connection with the desecration of over 60 crosses as well as other Catholic icons and two Hindu idols across Goa.
Police claimed that Pereira was of “unsound mind” and was responsible for more than 100 desecrations across the state spread over a decade.